Stand Up and Oppose Decrees – Felix Anthony

“This Decree like other Decrees that curtail or deny human and trade union rights must be opposed by all decent people and not be promoted. These Decrees are in violation of the UN Declaration on Human Rights and ILO Core Conventions which Fiji is obligated to respect. Any government must be taken to task if they conduct themselves in such an irresponsible manner.

The FTUC makes no bones about the fact that it cannot support a political party or government that is hell bent on killing the Trade Union movement and deny workers their rights and dignity at work. A pay rise in exchange for rights is not acceptable. Workers rights and Trade Union rights are not for sale for a few pieces of silver. These rights and freedoms have been fought for over decades and many sacrifices have been made to protect these rights. We remain steadfast in our determination to continue this struggle.

The FTUC will continue its campaign for just labour laws that guarantee workers their rights including just wage and terms and conditions of work. We will continue to stand for the restoration of democracy and human rights. If these actions are considered to be political then so be it. These rights and freedoms are fought by trade unions the world over and we refuse to be cowed by unjust Decrees that attempt to restrict our fundamental freedoms. It was not too long ago when this Regime heaped praise on Nelson Mandela for his courage to fight for the freedom for his people yet at home this same Regime attempts to take our freedom away and threaten us all with jail terms if we continue to fight for our freedoms.” – Felix Anthony

(58-02.14) FTUC Press Release on Trade Unions and Politics